Find Funding

Looking for opportunities to fund your research? Research Development Services can help. As a unit of the Office of Sponsored Programs, Research Development Services can help you strategically identify the funding sources that you need to accomplish your research goals. In particular, the University provides access to numerous online funding resources (see below) for UWM researchers. These resources house a tremendous number of funding opportunities and provide powerful ways to search them.

In particular, the University provides access to numerous online funding resources (see below) for UWM researchers. These resources house a tremendous number of funding opportunities and provide powerful ways to search them.

Research Development Services also can help you identify the right funding opportunities for your research project through customized funding searches and by identifying potential UWM resources (e.g., programs, collaborators, facilities). For more information, contact Michelle Schoenecker.

UWM Research Updates

Each week Research Development Services compiles, summarizes, and distributes federal and non-federal grant opportunities to UWM researchers. Summaries include deadlines, contact information, and links to full solicitations. To receive updates, send an email to

Limited Submissions

Limited-submission competitions are those which limit the number of applications UWM can put forward in either a preliminary or full proposal state.Limited-submission opportunities are announced via the UWM Research Updates. Interested applicants should submit a letter of intent (LOI) as specified in the respective announcement. If the number of LOIs exceeds the allowable number of submissions, an internal competition will be held. Instructions and the deadlines for the internal competition will be sent to all prospective applicants.

Internal Grant Programs

Internal grant programs provide funding for travel to present research and attend conferences, develop research initiatives, foster international collaboration, and develop public service projects. The Office of Research administers internal grant programs, and all applications are peer-reviewed by committees comprised of faculty members.

Research Travel Award

Provides travel support funding to UWM faculty, instructional and research academic staff for presenting scholarly and creative works at conferences, performances, or exhibitions, and for conducting research.

Discovery and Innovation Grant (DIG)

(Formerly the RGI program) Seeding program that supports high-quality, innovative research projects by investing in projects selected through an independent and objective process.

Advancing Research and Creativity (ARC) program

(Formerly RACAS) Advancing Research and Creativity (ARC) is an internal research funding program for projects in all disciplines and at any stage of development. Funded work must be completed within a 12- to 18-month timeline. Awards are expected to result in scholarly, scientific, and artistic outcomes. The review process uses internal and external reviewers.

Support for Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF)

Designed to foster faculty-student research collaborations, faculty and academic staff can apply for the awards to provide an hourly wage for undergraduate students working as research assistants. Students will be paid as hourly employees.

University of Wisconsin (UW) System Grants

The following grant programs are offered through the University Wisconsin System. Review the posted grant announcements carefully for eligibility restrictions.


Ideadvance aims to empower new and experienced entrepreneurs to focus on key go-to-market activities.

WiSys Technology Foundation


  • Ignite Grants (Applied Research)

    A one-year program designed to encourage faculty and academic staff to apply their expertise and scholarship to the economic development of Wisconsin. Proposals are invited from faculty and staff in ALL academic disciplines, including the humanities, social sciences, and liberal arts.

  • Ignite Grants (Prototype Development)

    A one-year program in science and technology fields only. This program is NOT available for UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee researchers; however, Madison and Milwaukee faculty may collaborate on AR-WiTAG grant proposals submitted by other UW institutions.

  • WiSys Launch Grant Program

    WiSys Launch Grants are intended to support the further development of technologies in the WiSys portfolio. Projects requesting support should be focused on advancing the technology readiness of the technology/innovation and should be able to be carried out in under six months.

Comprehensive Search Engines

PIVOT A comprehensive database of funding opportunities from the government, philanthropic, and industrial sectors in all fields. Email notifications can be sent daily, weekly, or monthly. UWM Panther ID and password required for use. Official federal grants and contracts search site; provides weekly email service.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Funding Opportunities
Upcoming Deadlines
National Science Foundation Funding Opportunities
Upcoming Deadlines

Funding Alert Services – Federal Grant Opportunities

Agency for Healthcare
Research and Quality
Periodic updates on grant announcements, contract solicitations, and special initiatives.
Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Periodic funding opportunity announcements.
Grants and Fellowships
in Global Health

(Fogarty International Center)
Includes nearly 500 funding opportunities related to biomedical and behavioral sciences, with a special emphasis on researchers in the developing world and their collaborators. An addendum listing 100 grants specifically for short-term travel and externships.
Federal Register Official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, and executive orders and other presidential documents. Official federal grants and contracts search site; provides weekly email service.
Institute of Education
Periodic updates about IES and its four Centers and programs.
NASA Subscription service available to obtain notification of the release of NASA research solicitation announcements.
National Endowment for
the Humanities
Searchable list of all current NEH grant opportunities.
National Institutes of
A weekly email compilation of new research opportunities from across the NIH.
National Science Foundation
Daily email alert service with subscription options that include new research opportunities, upcoming deadlines, and other content categories.
U.S. Department of Defense:
Congressionally Directed Medical
Research Programs
Subscribe to updates for specific CDMRP funding programs.
U.S. Department of Education (DofEd) Recent Federal Register documents from the Education Department.
U.S. Department of Justice
(DOJ)/Office of Justice
Periodic updates when new information or solicitations available from OJP and the OJP bureaus and offices.
U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency
A list of all open announcements, not an automated search site.

Funding Alert Services – Non-Federal Grant Opportunities

American Heart Association Overview of AHA research programs. Sign up for Research Insider for e-newsletter alerts at the bottom of the page.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Updates on the latest grant opportunities and awards for Grand Challenges in Global Health, Grand Challenges Explorations, and more.
Philanthropy News Digest Lists RFPs and notices of awards from grant-making organizations and nonprofits.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Receive alerts when the Foundation posts a new funding opportunity.
Transportation Research Board Select e-mail alerts for funding opportunities based on specific topics.